Writing Links n’ Things


Fantasy & Science Fiction WRITING Page

  • How to Write Fantasy & Science Fiction (online resources)
  • Fantasy & Science Fiction Writer’s Workshops
  • Fantasy & Science Fiction Markets
  • Fantasy & Science Fiction Merchandise
  • Books for Fantasy & Science Fiction Writers(I own all these books, and have read at least parts of all of them. You can’t become a great writer by reading books on the subject, but they are a good supplement, and are also great inspiration.)
    • Books on Writing Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror
      • On Writing Science Fiction by the editors of Asimovs Science Fiction (George Scithers, Darrel Schweitzer and John M. Ford)
      • How to Write Science Fiction and Fantasy by Orson Scott Card
      • Conceiving the Heavens: Creating the Science Fiction Novel by Melissa Scott
      • The Craft of Writing Science Fiction that Sells by Ben Bova
      • Writing Fantasy & Science Fiction by Lisa Tuttle
      • Writing Science Fiction by Christopher Evans
      • How to Write Science Fiction by Matthew J. Costello
      • Science Fiction Writers’ Workshop I by Barry B. Longyear
      • Science Fiction in the 20th Century by Edward James
      • The Science of Science Fiction Writing by James Gunn
      • The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Publishing Science Fiction by Cory Doctorow and Karl Schroeder
      • Paragons (essays by science fiction writers), edited by Robin Wilson
      • Writing Science Fiction & Fantasy (essays by science fiction & fantasy writers), edited by the editors of Analog and Asimov’s Science Fiction (Gardner Dozois, Tina Lee, Stanley Schmidt, Ian Randal Strock, and Sheila Williams)
      • How to Write Tales of Horror, Fantasy & Science Fiction (essays by masters of speculative fiction), edited by J.N. Williamson
      • Sometimes the Magic Works by Terry Brooks
      • On Writing by Stephen King
      • About Writing by Samuel R. Delany
      • Storyteller by Kate Wilhelm
      • Relativity by Robert J. Sawyer
      • The Language of the Night by Ursula K. Le Guin
      • Supernatural Horror in Literature by Howard Phillips Lovecraft
      • Steering the Craft by Ursula K. Le Guin
      • Putting It Together: Turning Sow’s Ear Drafts into Silk Purse Stories by Mike Resnick
    • Science Fiction & Fantasy Reference Books
      • The Writer’s Complete Fantasy Reference by Terry Brooks, Daniel A. Clark, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Allan Maurer, P. Andrew Miller, Michael Varhola and Renee Wright
      • The Tough Guide to Fantasyland by Diana Wynne Jones
      • Science Fiction Writers of America Handbook by SFWA
      • Causes of Death: A Writer’s Guide to Death, Murder & Forensic Medicine by Keith D. Wilson, M.D.
      • Deadly Doses: A Writer’s Guide to Poisons by Serita Deborah Stevens with Anne Klarner
      • Armed and Dangerous: A Writer’s Guide to Weapons by Michael Newton
      • The Science of Aliens by Clifford Pickover
      • Extraterrestrial Civilizations, by Isaac Asimov
      • Extraterrestrials: A Field Guide for Earthlings by Terence Dickinson and Adolf Schaller
    • Science Fiction Writing Series from Writer’s Digest Books, edited by Ben Bova
      • Aliens and Alien Societies by Stanley Schmidt
      • Space Travel by Ben Bova with Anthony R. Lewis
      • Time Travel by Paul J. Nahin
      • World Building by Stephen L. Gillett
    • Books on Developing Characters
      • Characters and Viewpoint by Orson Scott Card
      • Characters, Emotion & Viewpoint, by Nancy Kress
      • Dynamic Characters by Nancy Kress
      • 45 Master Characters by Victoria Lynn Schmidt
      • Creating Character Emotions by Ann Hood
      • 10 Steps to Creating Memorable Characters, by Sue Viders, Lucynda Storey, Cher Gorman and Beck Martinez
      • The Complete Writer’s Guide to Heroes and Heroines: Sixteen Master Archetypes, by Tami Cowden, Caro LaFever and Sue Viders
      • Bullies, Bastards & Bitches, by Jessica Morrell
    • Books on Plot
      • Plot by Ansen Dibell
      • The Seven Basic Plots by Christopher Booker
      • 20 Master Plots and How to Build Them by Ronald B. Tobias
      • Scene and Structure by Jack M Bickham
      • Beginnings, Middles and Ends by Nancy Kress
      • Conflict, Action and Suspense by William Noble
    • Books on Dialogue
      • Writing Dialogue, by Tom Chiarella
      • Dialogue, by Gloria Kempton
      • Dialogue by Lewis Turco
    • Books on Humor
      • How to Write Funny, edited by John B. Kachuba
      • The Craft of Comedy Writing, by Sol Saks
    • Books on Editing
      • The 10% Solution, by Ken Rand
      • Self-Editing for Fiction Writers by Renni Browne and Dave King
      • The Elements of Style by Strunk & White (a must for all writers)
      • Revision by Kit Reed
    • Books on Writing Novels
      • The Fire in Fiction: Passion, Purpose, and Techniques to Make Your Novel Great, by Donald Maass
      • The Secret Miracle: The Novelist’s Handbook, edited by Daniel Alarcon
      • Writing the Breakout Novel by Donald Maass (a must for ALL novelists)
      • Writing the Breakout Novel Workbook by Donald Maass
      • The Career Novelist by Donald Maass
      • How To Write a Damn Good Novel by James N. Frey
      • The Art & Craft of Novel Writing by Oakley Hall
      • The First Five Pages: A Writer’s Guide to Staying Out of the Rejection Pile by Noah Lukeman
      • The 101 Habits of Highly Successful Novelists, edited by Andrew McAleer
      • Get Known Before the Book Deal by Christina Katz
    • Miscellaneous Books on Writing
      • From Idea to Story in 90 Seconds: A Writer’s Primer by Ken Rand
      • Launching Your Book Without Losing Your Mind by Gail Z. Martin
      • On Writing Well by William Zinsser
      • Putting it Together: Turning Sow’s Ear Drafts into Silk Purse Stories by Mike Resnick
      • The Well-Fed Writer by Peter Bowerman
      • Field Guide to Writing Flash Fiction edited by Tara L. Masih
      • I Have This Nifty Idea…Now What Do I Do With It? edited by Mike Resnick
      • The Writer’s Journey: Mythic Structure for Writers (3rd ed.), by Christopher Vogler
      • What If? Writing Exercises for Fiction Writes by Anne Bernays and Pamela Painter
      • The Complete Guide to Writing Fiction and Non-Fiction and Getting It Published by Pat Kubis and Bob Howland
      • The Art of Fiction by John Garnder
      • Breaking Into Fiction Writing! by Bruce Gehweiler and C.J. Henderson
      • Writing Fiction: A Guide to Narrative Literature by Janet Burroway
      • Making Shapely Fiction by Jerome Stern
      • Discovering the Writer Within: 40 Days to More Imaginative Writing by Bruce Ballenger and Barry Lane
      • Elements of the Short Story: How to Write a Selling Story by Dina A Leacock
      • 100 Things Every Writer Needs to Know by Scott Edelstein
      • How to Enjoy Writing, by Janet & Isaac Asimov
      • Description by Monica Wood
      • Guide to Fiction Writing by Phyllis A. Whitney
    • Elements of Fiction Writing Series from Writer’s Digest (these are also listed above)
      • Characters and Viewpoint by Orson Scott Card
      • Characters, Emotion & Viewpoint, by Nancy Kress
      • Plot by Ansen Dibell
      • Scene and Structure by Jack M Bickham
      • Beginnings, Middles and Ends by Nancy Kress
      • Conflict, Action and Suspense by William Noble
      • Dialogue by Lewis Turco
      • Description by Monica Wood
      • Revision by Kit Reed
  • Other Fantasy & Science Fiction News and Info
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